Innovative internships with a purpose
We believe that the best way to learn is to work together with some of the brightest minds within your field. Our collaborative culture, mentors, and resources will continue to build your skills and provide opportunities to be impactful and tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, keeping our nation safe and changing the course of our future.
We offer a variety of student programs, from undergraduate summer student internships to year-round graduate positions.
Hear firsthand from our interns
As a new Computing Scholar in the summer of 2019, I considered myself a reasonably strong programmer, but I knew I lacked experience with industry standards such as version control, continuous integration, and documentation. While working at the Lab, I finally got hands on experience using Git, Elastic tools for monitoring and security, and I learned how to write and deploy Docker containers. While I'm proud of those accomplishments, I should mention I didn't come into the Lab with any of those skills already acquired.
I have interned at the lab for the past two summers, so this will be my third summer here! Ever since my first summer here, I have felt very supported. My first summer, I interned in DTED and worked on the proof-of-concept of an experiment that would eventually fly on a sounding rocket the next year. The next summer, I supported a project in MED where we used microspheres to detect different gaseous environments. This summer, I am interning in CED and working on NIF diagnostics.
I would say that there is probably no better place to do a summer internship in science than LLNL. Here I work alongside scientists with great dedication and passion in pushing research frontiers. At the same time, I know that my work on nuclear fusion can contribute to the future of America’s clean energy. That gives me much motivation to work hard and a sense of pride!
Get your start with our student programs
Your internship will provide a rich, hands-on learning environment, complete with challenging projects for you to apply what you've learned to real-life issues and create solutions for an all-around enriching experience.
During your internship, you will be immersed in our culture. You'll get to collaborate with cross-functional teams and be connected with a mentor who will be your biggest supporter, championing your work throughout your internship. Our mentors are committed to providing you with valuable feedback and coaching to make your time with us rewarding.
Science & Engineering Internships
We offer a variety of student internships in science and technology, including internally-sponsored programs and externally-sponsored programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Explore the list of opportunities and find the one that matches your interests.
Mildred Lambrecht | lambrecht1 [at] llnl.gov
National GEM Consortium
The National GEM Consortium provides opportunities for master's and doctoral students in engineering and science from underrepresented groups. As a GEM employer member, we are able to provide summer internships to minority students seeking to establish a lifelong career in the sciences.
Tony Baylis | baylis3 [at] llnl.gov
Veteran & Military Programs
Through our veteran and military internship programs, we offer opportunities for veterans in community colleges, cadets and midshipmen from military academies, individuals in ROTC programs, and more. Visit the Military & Veterans site to learn more about our culture of supporting military and veterans on campus.
Barry Goldman | goldman1 [at] llnl.gov
The Neurodiversity Internship is a collaborative effort between our LLNL Abilities Champions employee resource group, the Orion Academy, Regional Center of the East Bay, UC Davis, Stanford University, Landmark College, and more. These internships provide opportunities for neurodivergent individuals to explore career paths with us while continuing their educational growth.
Chris Campbell | campbell48 [at] llnl.gov
Sharon Bobbitt | bobbitt1 [at] llnl.gov
Academic Cooperation Program (ACP)
Through the ACP, graduate and undergraduate students explore approved projects with us in an effort to advance their training, experience, and education. Talk to your academic advisor to learn of any opportunities available to you.
Learn about our hiring process
Am I eligible for an internship?
- We hire interns at a variety of educational levels, including community college, undergraduate, and graduate
- We accept applications from international students; however, visa sponsorship support varies by position and department
- All selected interns must complete a federal background check application and successfully pass a drug screen, which includes testing for marijuana
- If requested, you must submit proof of enrollment in an accredited university
- If requested, you must submit a copy of your transcripts to show your current and upcoming academic level
What does the internship hiring process look like?
- Internships for summer positions are generally posted September–February
- All internship opportunities close by April 30th, prior to the start of our summer program; apply as early as possible to ensure consideration
- Interested in a few internships? We recommend that you apply for all positions you are qualified for
- Each organization reviews resumes for their posted internships; if you're selected as a candidate, you'll receive a call from a mentor anytime between December–April for a phone interview
- If the mentor chooses to move forward with your candidacy, an HR representative will reach out to you to extend a formal offer
- Once your offer is accepted, you will be required to complete a federal background check application and successfully pass a drug test, which includes testing for marijuana
- Your HR representative will confirm your start and end dates with you once we receive satisfactory results from your background check and drug screen
Events to learn, network, and have fun
Opportunities to work with other students and receive mentorship from world-class researchers
Nationally-recognized, award-winning student poster symposium showcasing your summer project
Career Development Activities
Participate in seminars, workshops, and speaker sessions highlighting research around the Lab
Enjoy free concerts, campus tours, and other on-site events to get the full Lab experience
Social & Networking Opportunities
Attend summer BBQs, social meetups, and other special events and networking opportunities
Transportation and housing
If you're thinking of joining us as one of our student interns, you might be wondering where you can stay and how you might get to and from our campus. Below are various resources you can refer to as you start envisioning yourself interning with us.
Want to connect directly with other interns? Request access to our LLNL Google Group. This group provides an opportunity to talk and network with other students about your internship and available housing in the area. You'll also find information about room rentals posted by other LLNL employees.
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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
View BART's website to see available schedules and routes across the Bay Area
Tri-Valley Wheels BART Commuter Connection
Wheels bus services offers a route from the Dublin BART station to Livermore
Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Train
The ACE train provides routes between Stockton and Livermore
San Joaquin RTD Commuter
This commuter bus provides a way to get to our campus from Stockton, Lathrop, and Tracy
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